Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…

Everyday, open-7 p.m., $1.75 highballs, $2.50 house chardonnay, $2.00 drafts, $1.00 off everything else.
310 Cass St., Traverse City

Sunday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m., $1 off all drinks.
422 North 5th St., Roscommon

Lulu's Bistro
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., $3 wells, $2 off drafts, select $5 wines.
213 N. Bridge St., Bellaire

Boyne River Inn
Everyday, 3-6 p.m., 1/4 off drinks.
229 Water St., Boyne City
Rendezvous Lounge, Odawa Casino
Thursday & Friday, $2.25 domestic drafts, $3.25 well drinks, $3.25 house wine.
1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey

Choice Bits!

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene. 

RUTHIE'S CHICKEN & DAIRY TWIST: Roasted chicken and ice cream, malts and shakes.
201 N. Bridge Ln., Bellaire. 213­-533­-8538.

Practically an Up North institution, the place to find out the latest fishing or snowmobile news from the locals and visitors who gather for their hearty breakfasts, steaks, burgers, soup & salad bar, & homemade desserts.
10921 Main St., Honor. 231­ 352­6585.

When you've worked up an appetite from all the bowling and karaoke that Boyne City Lanes has to offer, you'll find a selection of hearty fare to choose from, including homemade soups & desserts. Cocktails are served at the Lanes,with live entertainment and glow ­bowling nights.
1199 West Boyne Road, 231-­582­-6353.

Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Full Chinese menu, as well as Hunan & Szechuan entrees.  Daily specials, special combination plates,  a lunch & dinner All You Can Eat Buffet. 
616 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, 231­-876­-8888.

Take a trip back to the '50s where chili dogs & frosted mugs of root beer are still served up by carhops at this All ­American institution. Elvis has been known to make an appearance during their annual summer “A&W Cruise Night” in August, as do cars from the 50’s and 60’s that we remember well.
At the bottom of the hill, 21 Lake St., Frankfort,  231-­352-­9021.

From Antler Ale to Wolverine Wheat, Big Buck specializes in microbrewed beers. Offering the usual beef and buffalo burgers, steaks, and ribs, plus more unusual fare, like their portabella sandwich with red onion marmalade and provolone cheese.
550 S. Wisconsin Avenue, Gaylord, 989­-732-­5781.

A refined atmosphere, subdued lighting, and an appetizing selection of epicurean treats awaits the diner at this Harbor Springs corner landmark. Menu selections range from their smoked whitefish ravioli appetizer to their Atlantic salmon, baked polenta and eggplant, tomato basil fettuccine, or filet mignon ­ and their brunches include one of the best versions of Eggs Benedict around.
101 State Street, downtown across from Bar Harbor, 231­-526-­1904.

Pool tables, a full bar, friendly service and a varied menu make the Village Inn popular with families and locals.  Dinners include Lamb Skewers, Blue Corn Enchiladas, Charbroiled Whitefish, Lasagna and Ribeye.  Also burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and pizza.  Lunch and Dinner.
Just north of the blinking light 116601 Lacorre Ave. on M­22,  Empire. 231-326­-5101.

One of Petoskey's first restaurants, Jesperson's is famous for homemade pies and fresh turkey. Breakfast and lunch.
312 Howard, Petoskey, 231­-347­-3601.
Located in Building 50, grilled panini's, soups, wraps, baked goods, specialty coffees and teas.
1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, 231-­947­-7740.

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Agave Mexican Grill

Al Parker - May 3rd, 2007
Down in Mexico the agave is known as the source of Tequila.
Some 2,000 miles north in Traverse City, the Agave Mexican Grill is rapidly building a reputation for outstanding Mexican cuisine at reasonable prices.
In February, husband and wife Javier and Dusty Rodriguez opened their comfortable Garfield Road restaurant, which formerly housed Hockey Heroes, and prior to that, Gordie Howe’s Tavern & Eatery.
They weren’t prepared for the public’s first reaction.
“It was so busy after the opening,” said Dusty, smiling as she wiped down tables, freshened table settings and greeted customers. “Frankly, we were overwhelmed during those first few days. Now we’re very prepared.”
The Rodriguezes live in Cadillac where they operate another Mexican eatery, Herraduras. Both have been in the restaurant business for years, with Javier doing everything from serving to cooking to managing.
“Javier and I looked around at several locations before deciding on this one,” explained Dusty, who is joined by several family members among the staff of 15 in operating the restaurant.
The staff is busy now, gearing up for the restaurant’s first Cinco de Mayo celebration. Several specials are planned for the daylong festivities.

Agave’s transformation from a sports-oriented eatery to a stylish and comfortable Mexican restaurant took months, but the effort was worth it.
Colorful murals by Lansing artist Domingo Gamboa now dominate several of the walls where hockey memorabilia once reigned supreme. A creative wall of masks lends an authentic Mexican air to the quiet dining area farthest from the front door. Colorful Mexican beer posters catch the eye of diners. Booths and tables, which provide seating for 180, are comfortable and welcoming. Upbeat Mexican music adds to the relaxing atmosphere.
“We’ve even had a live mariachi band,” said Dusty. “We plan on having them play a few times each year.”
The eatery’s extensive menu complements the comfortable ambience. Of course, all of the Mexican standards are available – burritos, chalupas, enchiladas, quesadillas, tamales, tostados and so much more.
But in addition to those Mexican staples, Agave offers several entrée items that are seldom found at other area restaurants, including:
• Pollo San Juan: a tender, grilled chicken breast topped with five large shrimp and served with flavorful rice, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream.
• Burrito de la Playa: crab meat and shrimp grilled with onion, tomatoes and bell peppers, then topped with melted cheese and served with rice, lettuce, guacamole and pico de Gallo.
• Chuletas de puerco: two grilled pork chops marinated with Mexican spices and serve with rice, beans, pico de Gallo and tomatillo sauce.
• Chori pollo: grilled strips of marinated chicken cooked with chorizo (Mexican sausage) and served with rice, beans and tortillas.
“We’re offering real Mexican food,” said Dusty. “Everything is fresh. Nothing we serve comes out of a can. And we want folks to understand that real Mexican food is not always spicy.”
So far, the carnitas and chimichungas have been most popular with diners, according to Dusty.

Beef lovers will be impressed by the menu’s eight different types of steak, including a flavorful chile Colorado, served with zippy red chili sauce and rice and beans. Of course, the classic carne asada is a popular steak item.
The menu also features five types of Mexican salads, including a chicken tossed salad, which is a savory chicken fajita on a bed of fresh tossed salad.
For vegetarians, there are a few items highlighted by a choice of vegetarian fajitas.
Save room for some of Agave’s interesting desserts, including fried ice cream, a banana burrito and the traditional créme caramel flan.
For those who don’t know a chimichunga from a chalupa, there’s a handy glossary that explains some of the dishes.
The restaurant’s bar boasts a wide selection of Mexican beers, including Dos Equis, Tecate, Corona, Pacifico, Carte Blanca, Bohemia, Modelo and Negra Modelo. Tequila drinkers will find some 30 different brands and flavors to choose from. Happy hour specials are from 3 to 6 p.m. daily.
Almost as important as the quality of the food and drink is the quality of the service.
“We stress customer service,” Dusty explained. “We’re very proud of our servers. They are professional. Javier and I pride ourselves on giving our guests outstanding service.”

Agave Mexican Grill, at 851 S. Garfield, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday. For a reservation or takeout, call (231) 929-4408.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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